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Exam Prep for: A Passion for Mathematics Numbers, Puzzles, ...

Exam Prep for: A Passion for Mathematics Numbers, Puzzles, ...

  • Author: David Mason
  • Publisher: Rico Publications
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 800
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Mathematics includes the study of such topics as quantity, structure, space, and change. This book provides over 2,000 Exam Prep questions and answers to accompany the text A Passion for Mathematics Numbers, Puzzles, ... Items include highly probable exam items: integers, Null set, diameter, Cosine, Rational function, Binomial coefficient, Investment, Derivative, Unit vector, Ellipse, Astronomy, Vector projection, Euler, Exponential decay, Compound interest, Infinity symbol, Cycloid, One-sided limit, and more.

A Passion for Math, a Life for Engineering

A Passion for Math, a Life for Engineering

Grid Formatted Engineering Notebook

  • Author: Smarter Journals and Notebooks
  • Publisher: Smarter Journals and Notebooks
  • ISBN: 9781683749820
  • Category:
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This is a grid formatted engineering notebook that students and professionals would consider extremely handy. You will be working with dimensions and measurements, all numbers that need to be treated or plotted on grids. Keep a copy of this notebook with you at all times because you never know when you might use it.

The Number Sense : How the Mind Creates Mathematics

The Number Sense : How the Mind Creates Mathematics

How the Mind Creates Mathematics

  • Author: Stanislas Dehaene Research Affiliate Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 0199723095
  • Category: Mathematics
  • Page: 288
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Our understanding of how the human brain performs mathematical calculations is far from complete. But in recent years there have been many exciting scientific discoveries, some aided by new imaging techniques--which allow us for the first time to watch the living mind at work--and others by ingenious experiments conducted by researchers all over the world. There are still perplexing mysteries--how, for instance, do idiot savants perform almost miraculous mathematical feats?--but the picture is growing steadily clearer. In The Number Sense, Stanislas Dehaene offers general readers a first look at these recent stunning discoveries, in an enlightening exploration of the mathematical mind. Dehaene, a mathematician turned cognitive neuropsychologist, begins with the eye-opening discovery that animals--including rats, pigeons, raccoons, and chimpanzees--can perform simple mathematical calculations, and he describes ingenious experiments that show that human infants also have a rudimentary number sense (American scientist Karen Wynn, for instance, using just a few Mickey Mouse toys and a small puppet theater, proved that five-month-old infants already have the ability to add and subtract). Further, Dehaene suggests that this rudimentary number sense is as basic to the way the brain understands the world as our perception of color or of objects in space, and, like these other abilities, our number sense is wired into the brain. But how then did the brain leap from this basic number ability to trigonometry, calculus, and beyond? Dehaene shows that it was the invention of symbolic systems of numerals that started us on the climb to higher mathematics, and in a marvelous chapter he traces the history of numbers, from early times when people indicated a number by pointing to a part of their body (even today, in many societies in New Guinea, the word for six is "wrist"), to early abstract numbers such as Roman numerals (chosen for the ease with which they could be carved into wooden sticks), to modern numbers. On our way, we also discover many fascinating facts: for example, because Chinese names for numbers are so short, Chinese people can remember up to nine or ten digits at a time--English-speaking people can only remember seven. Dehaene also explores the unique abilities of idiot savants and mathematical geniuses, asking what might explain their special mathematical talent. And we meet people whose minute brain lesions render their mathematical ability useless--one man, in fact, who is certain that two and two is three. Using modern imaging techniques (PET scans and MRI), Dehaene reveals exactly where in the brain numerical calculation takes place. But perhaps most important, The Number Sense reaches many provocative conclusions that will intrigue anyone interested in mathematics or the mind. Dehaene argues, for instance, that many of the difficulties that children face when learning math, and which may turn into a full-blown adult "innumeracy," stem from the architecture of our primate brain, which has not evolved for the purpose of doing mathematics. He also shows why the human brain does not work like a computer, and that the physical world is not based on mathematics--rather, mathematics evolved to explain the physical world the way that the eye evolved to provide sight. A truly fascinating look at the crossroads where numbers and neurons intersect, The Number Sense offers an intriguing tour of how the structure of the brain shapes our mathematical abilities, and how our mathematics opens up a window on the human mind.

A Passion for Truth

A Passion for Truth

Reflections of a Scientist-Priest

  • Author: John Huntington
  • Publisher: Page Publishing Inc
  • ISBN: 1643500791
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 148
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A Passion for Truth is an intimate account of John Huntington’s interior life as a physical scientist and as a priest. In mid-career as a scientist he experienced a sudden and undeniable call to the priesthood. It became imperative to work to reconcile his two vocations within a single worldview. This plunged him into an intense reflection on the authority of physical science and the trustworthiness of religious experience. He could not turn away from the question. This book is the result. The author uncovered a number of fallacies embedded in our Western culture that serve to impede spiritual formation and to discourage the faithful. At the root of them all is the idea that it is acceptable to be careless with the truth. In liberal academic circles this is called postmodernism; in theology it is called relativism; in physical science it is called scientism. He concluded that, if striving for clear thinking is our loving response to our Creator who endowed us with intellect, then loose thinking, permissive thinking, untruth, relativism, could not be from God. It cannot be condoned. Huntington wants to awaken in us a passion for truth, and in doing so he wants to comfort us and bring us hope.

A Passion for Discovery

A Passion for Discovery

  • Author: Peter G O Freund
  • Publisher: World Scientific
  • ISBN: 9814338265
  • Category:
  • Page: 240
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This fascinating book assembles human stories about physicists and mathematicians. Remarkably, these stories cluster around some general themes having to do with the interaction between scientists, and with the impact of historic events ? such as the advent of fascism and communism in the twentieth century ? on scientists' behavior. Briefly, but lucidly, some of the beautiful science that brought these scientists together in the first place is explained. Author's webpage: http: //freund9.googlepages.com/peterfreundwritings.Contents: Einstein Once RemovedThe Conscience of PhysicsThe Language of GodOswald Teichmller and Nazi ScienceScientists in PoliticsJews in Science. The BacklashStalin and the QuantumOppenheimer, Hero or Antihero?On and Off the Map: Romanian MathematicsA Brief History of Spaceas well as chapters on Richard Feynman, E C G Stueckelberg, Emmy Noether, Andrei Sakharov, and others Readership: Primarily general readers, and particularly theoretical physicists, mathematicians and high energy experimental physicists.

A Passion for Discovery

A Passion for Discovery

  • Author: Peter Freund
  • Publisher: World Scientific
  • ISBN: 9812772154
  • Category: Electronic books
  • Page: 221
  • View: 1898
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This fascinating book assembles human stories about physicists and mathematicians. Remarkably, these stories cluster around some general themes having to do with the interaction between scientists, and with the impact of historic events OCo such as the advent of fascism and communism in the twentieth century OCo on scientists'' behavior. Briefly, but lucidly, some of the beautiful science that brought these scientists together in the first place is explained.Author''s webpage: http: //freund9.googlepages.com/peterfreundwritings."

Parallel Curriculum Units for Mathematics, Grades 6–12

Parallel Curriculum Units for Mathematics, Grades 6–12

  • Author: Jann H. Leppien,Jeanne H. Purcell
  • Publisher: Corwin Press
  • ISBN: 1452238006
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 152
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Maximize your mathematics curriculum to challenge all students This collection of lessons from experienced teachers provides multifaceted examples of rigorous learning opportunities for mathematics students in Grades 6–12. The four sample units focus on fractions, linear programming, geometry, and quadratic relationships. The authors provide user-friendly methods for instruction and demonstrate how to differentiate the lessons for the benefit of all students. Included are standards-based strategies that guide students through: Understanding secondary mathematics concepts Discovering connections between mathematics and other subjects Developing critical thinking skills Connecting mathematics learning to society through the study of real-world data, proportional reasoning, and problem solving

777 Mathematical Conversation Starters

777 Mathematical Conversation Starters

  • Author: John de Pillis
  • Publisher: MAA
  • ISBN: 9780883855409
  • Category: Mathematics
  • Page: 344
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Illustrated book showing that there are few degrees of separation between mathematics and topics that provoke interesting conversations.

A Decade of the Berkeley Math Circle

A Decade of the Berkeley Math Circle

The American Experience

  • Author: Zvezdelina Stankova,Tom Rike
  • Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.
  • ISBN: 0821846833
  • Category: Mathematics
  • Page: 326
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Many mathematicians have been drawn to mathematics through their experience with math circles: extracurricular programs exposing teenage students to advanced mathematical topics and a myriad of problem solving techniques and inspiring in them a lifelong love for mathematics. Founded in 1998, the Berkeley Math Circle (BMC) is a pioneering model of a U.S. math circle, aspiring to prepare our best young minds for their future roles as mathematics leaders. Over the last decade, 50 instructors--from university professors to high school teachers to business tycoons--have shared their passion for mathematics by delivering more than 320 BMC sessions full of mathematical challenges and wonders. Based on a dozen of these sessions, this book encompasses a wide variety of enticing mathematical topics: from inversion in the plane to circle geometry; from combinatorics to Rubik's cube and abstract algebra; from number theory to mass point theory; from complex numbers to game theory via invariants and monovariants. The treatments of these subjects encompass every significant method of proof and emphasize ways of thinking and reasoning via 100 problem solving techniques. Also featured are 300 problems, ranging from beginner to intermediate level, with occasional peaks of advanced problems and even some open questions. The book presents possible paths to studying mathematics and inevitably falling in love with it, via teaching two important skills: thinking creatively while still ``obeying the rules,'' and making connections between problems, ideas, and theories. The book encourages you to apply the newly acquired knowledge to problems and guides you along the way, but rarely gives you ready answers. ``Learning from our own mistakes'' often occurs through discussions of non-proofs and common problem solving pitfalls. The reader has to commit to mastering the new theories and techniques by ``getting your hands dirty'' with the problems, going back and reviewing necessary problem solving techniques and theory, and persistently moving forward in the book. The mathematical world is huge: you'll never know everything, but you'll learn where to find things, how to connect and use them. The rewards will be substantial. In the interest of fostering a greater awareness and appreciation of mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and everyday life, MSRI and the AMS are publishing books in the Mathematical Circles Library series as a service to young people, their parents and teachers, and the mathematics profession.

The Number Sense

The Number Sense

How the Mind Creates Mathematics, Revised and Updated Edition

  • Author: Stanislas Dehaene
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199910391
  • Category: Mathematics
  • Page: 352
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Our understanding of how the human brain performs mathematical calculations is far from complete, but in recent years there have been many exciting breakthroughs by scientists all over the world. Now, in The Number Sense, Stanislas Dehaene offers a fascinating look at this recent research, in an enlightening exploration of the mathematical mind. Dehaene begins with the eye-opening discovery that animals--including rats, pigeons, raccoons, and chimpanzees--can perform simple mathematical calculations, and that human infants also have a rudimentary number sense. Dehaene suggests that this rudimentary number sense is as basic to the way the brain understands the world as our perception of color or of objects in space, and, like these other abilities, our number sense is wired into the brain. These are but a few of the wealth of fascinating observations contained here. We also discover, for example, that because Chinese names for numbers are so short, Chinese people can remember up to nine or ten digits at a time--English-speaking people can only remember seven. The book also explores the unique abilities of idiot savants and mathematical geniuses, and we meet people whose minute brain lesions render their mathematical ability useless. This new and completely updated edition includes all of the most recent scientific data on how numbers are encoded by single neurons, and which brain areas activate when we perform calculations. Perhaps most important, The Number Sense reaches many provocative conclusions that will intrigue anyone interested in learning, mathematics, or the mind. "A delight." --Ian Stewart, New Scientist "Read The Number Sense for its rich insights into matters as varying as the cuneiform depiction of numbers, why Jean Piaget's theory of stages in infant learning is wrong, and to discover the brain regions involved in the number sense." --The New York Times Book Review "Dehaene weaves the latest technical research into a remarkably lucid and engrossing investigation. Even readers normally indifferent to mathematics will find themselves marveling at the wonder of minds making numbers." --Booklist